\ ˈmȯrn How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
mourned; mourning; mourns

Definition of mourn

intransitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow When he dies, people throughout the world will mourn.
2 : to show the customary signs of grief for a death especially : to wear mourning mourned for thirty days in black clothes
3 : to murmur mournfully used especially of doves

transitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow for mourned the death of his son
2 : to utter mournfully let the whirlwind mourn its requiem— W. S. Gilbert

Other Words from mourn

mourner noun
mourningly \ ˈmȯr-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce mourn (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mourn in a Sentence

She is still mourning her husband, who died last year. Thousands of people mourned his death. She was mourned by everyone who knew her. She mourned the loss of her youth. He still mourns the fact that he never went to college.
Recent Examples on the Web Those who knew and loved him still mourn what happened after that. New York Times, 6 May 2022 The unexpected cancellations of both series this past week upset plenty of fans, who took to Twitter to mourn and commiserate. Amber Dowling, Variety, 2 May 2022 One year later, a vigil was held to mark and mourn the event. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Parties here seemed like acts of defiance, born of a determination to celebrate what’s at hand rather than mourn what’s missing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 This may mean stepping away from work to analyze their feelings, mourn a loss or even facilitate final wishes. Gloria Horsley, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 Ups and downs don’t always give you ample time to enjoy the wins or mourn the losses. Stephen Means, cleveland, 13 Apr. 2022 She's heard the line of thinking that the nation cannot mourn its COVID deaths until the dying stops. Patricia Gallagher Newberry, The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2022 Artists quickly took to social media to share tributes and mourn the loss of the beloved percussionist. Katrina Nattress, SPIN, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mourn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mourn

Middle English, from Old English murnan; akin to Old High German mornēn to mourn, Greek mermēra care — more at memory

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20 May 2022

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“Mourn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈmȯrn How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
mourned; mourning

Kids Definition of mourn

: to feel or show grief or sorrow especially over someone's death

Other Words from mourn

mourner noun

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